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Do you Have Porous Bones?

Do you Have Porous Bones?
May 19
15:51 2016
May is Osteoporosis month. Literally defined as “porous bones,” osteoporosis is an insidious disease that slows bone growth to the point at which they develop an abnormal structure. Osteoporosis is not a normal part of aging.

Bones are an integral part of the human body. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to move or stand. Bones support the body as well as protect internal organs from harm.

Your skeleton is your best defense and offense in staying safe.

The National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases considers bone a living tissue. It is constructed of two main biological materials that allow our bones to be both strong and flexible.

As a bone grows, its naturally sheds off tissue as a part of its reshaping process. Osteoporosis interrupts that natural process by slowing growth. Afflicted bones will lose density or mass and develop an irregular structure.

Such bones are more likely to break.

Dr. Vafa Tabatabaie is an assistant professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine; she also works as an endocrinologist at Montefiore Health System in New York.

Tabatabaie considers osteoporosis to be one of the biggest obstacles to healthy aging. Without properly functioning bones, a person cannot continue a healthy, active life.

54 million adults in the US (more than half of those over 50) are currently at risk for osteoporosis.

The disease isn’t just a concern for the elderly. For young people, physical activity and proper nutrition are key to reaching peak bone mass and preventing the condition later in life.

osteoporosis-diagramBreaking a bone can be a serious complication in older patients. The most frequent breaks related to osteoporosis are:

  • Hip
  • Spine
  • Wrist

Unless they receive proper treatment, older patients who sustain a fracture are even more at risk for suffering repeated fractures. Such injuries will limit mobility, leading to feelings of depression and isolation for the individual – and putting undue stress on family members and friends.

The disease can be diagnosed before bones start to break. Your doctor will be able to decide whether or not you need a bone density test. The IOF offers a 1-minute online test you can take to determine your risk level for osteoporosis. 

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